Sixteen Service Members Killed in U.S. Plane Crash

Reuters news agency reports today that U.S. officials were investigating the cause of a military transport plane crash that killed 16 service members on Monday, leaving a five-mile trail of wreckage in rural northern Mississippi. The KC-130 Hercules aircraft disappeared from air traffic control radar over Mississippi after taking off from Cherry Point, North Carolina. It plunged into a field at approximately 4 p.m. CDT (5 p.m. EST) on Monday in Mississippi’s LeFlore County, about 100 miles (160 km) north of Jackson, the state capital. The plane was en route to a Navy facility in El Centro, California, transporting equipment and people. Equipment on board included small arms ammunition and personal weapons.

The U.S. Marine Corps said fifteen Marines and one Navy sailor were onboard. The names of the deceased were being withheld until family members were notified. Further details on the crash were not released by military officials, but General Robert Neller, Commandant of the Marine Corps, pledged “a thorough investigation into the cause of this tragedy.”

Reuters report found here.

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